Humanities Happenings: 05/08-05/10

This Mother’s Day weekend, spend some quality time with your mothers and loved ones by attending one of the following Humanities Happenings events:


Greensburg: Rebuilding Communities through Sports
Experience the story of sports — the athletes, the coaches, and the fans who cheer them on — in “Hometown Teams,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. Get up close to memorable artifacts and view over 200 photographs highlighting Americans and their love of sports. Get into the game with “Minute for Movement” sports-inspired exercise stations designed to get you moving.

The Kiowa County Historical Society’s companion exhibition, “Maverick Nation: Our Hometown Team,” focuses on how sports brought the community together after the 2007 EF-5 tornado and how the community has come full circle with one school, the Kiowa County High School, and one mascot, the Mavericks. Both exhibits are on display through June 21st.  May 9th at Kiowa County Historical Museum & Soda Fountain. Click here for details.



Pratt: Rec League Revelry
The public is invited to the opening of “Images of Hometown Teams in the Pratt Region,” a special partner site exhibit at the Vernon Filley Art Museum. The exhibit is on display through June 21st.

The Pratt Recreation Commission has been strengthening the community since the 1950s. This exhibition features the work of citizen photographers from the Vernon Filley Art Museum. Embedded with local teams, the photographers documented one season of rec league play. View their images and learn about the Recreation Commission’s unique history.

Hear a panel of local experts discuss the history and long-term impact sports and the Pratt Recreation Commission.

The project is part of “Hometown Teams,” a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities. May 9th at Vernon Filley Art Museum at 6:00pm. Click here for details.



Marilyn Klaus

Marilyn Klaus

Augusta: The Autobiography of Malcom X
Malcolm X boldly articulated the struggles, the anger, and the beliefs of African Americans in the 1960s. His powerful autobiography, written in collaboration with Roots author Alex Haley, is a modern classic. 527 pp. Marilyn E. Klaus leads the TALK book discussion. May 9th at Augusta Public Library at 10:30am. Click here for details.






Kelly Erby

Kelly Erby

Park City: Stirring the Pot
Late in the 1800s, a wide range of cafes opened in American cities to serve the country’s growing immigrant populations. The new variety of cuisines and dining rituals on display in these restaurants soon sparked curiosity among native-born Americans. After all, in few other public spaces was such intimate access to immigrant life available. Immigrant proprietors sought to capitalize on Americans’ curiosity by preserving, combining, and inventing food traditions to appeal to more affluent customers. Kelly Erby, Speakers Bureau, explains, how, by the end of the 19th century, it was this spirit of culinary diversity and experimentation that was most often identified as “American.” May 9th at Park City Public Library at 7:00pm. Click here for details.





For more information about upcoming events, visit KHC’s calendar.